Expand Your Intellectual Horizons
The University of Delaware Honors College provides opportunities for academically talented and motivated students to take advantage of the resources of a major research institution while maintaining the feel and attention of a much smaller university.
As a UD Honors College student, you will be leading class discussions, conducting innovative research, writing papers worthy of publication and tackling some of the most challenging topics in your major and beyond.
The Many Benefits of the UD Honors College
✓ University-wide, open to all majors
✓ Small honors courses
✓ Freshman living-learning community
✓ Close connections with faculty
✓ Opportunity for research funding
✓ Register first for classes
✓ Residential peer mentors
✓ Honors advisement for complex combinations of majors and degrees
✓ Engaged honors alumni network
Opportunities to Connect with the Honors College
Take the opportunity to learn more about the University of Delaware Honors College. Learn firsthand from current honors students about their research, their travel experiences and their enriching experiences within the honors community during your on-campus visit or virtual session.
Once you are admitted to the Honors College at the University of Delaware, you can meet current Honors students and staff and ask questions in an informal chat during an admitted student meet and greet.
The fall 2021 Honors College application is now open. You can apply in your My Blue Hen Home after starting your UD application.
Two Ways to Apply
- Deadline for UD Admissions: November 1
- Deadline to submit Honors application and essay: November 15
- Admission decision notification by January 31
- Honors decision notification by February 15
- Deadline for UD Admissions and Honors application: January 15*
- Admission decision notification by mid-March
- Honors decision notification by April 1
*Please note that applications continue to be accepted to the Honors College but space is extremely limited. Those who applied after the deadline may have a delayed response.
To apply to the UD Honors College, you will be asked to write an essay answering one of the provided prompts. Below are the prompts from the 2021 application. Limit your response to 300 words or less.
Question 1: How will you contribute to a diverse and inclusive community? What will other Honors students learn from you and what do you hope to learn from others?
Question 2: Reflecting back on the past year and all the challenges that we have faced as a society, what have you learned about yourself and how has that shaped your goals as an Honors student?
Question 3: While a formal education is important, lessons learned outside of the classroom are as well. What is something you’ve learned outside of school, and how will that impact your Honors education and/or your contributions to our community?
The UD Honors Experience
- Small, rigorous honors classes with active learning and engagement with the faculty.
- Challenging curricula.
- Preparation for competitive graduate programs and supporting students in their pursuit of Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships.
- Recognition of honors coursework through the general honors award, the honors degree and the honors degree with distinction.
- Excursions to local labs, businesses and theater and music performances.
- Study abroad opportunities specifically for honors students.
- Service learning and volunteer work.
- Funded research opportunities for all majors.
- Honors Enrichment Awards to fund internships, research projects and unique student experiences.
- Alumni connections for discussions, panels, networking and mentorship.
- First-year honors living learning community
- Residential peer mentors plan events for the honors community and act as an academic resource.
- Honors community programming: ice cream on the porch, study breaks, day of service, pizza with the prof, and more.
- Collaboration between UD Honors College students, faculty and staff.
- Opportunities for honors housing as upperclassmen.
A management information systems major, Class of 2021, Vishva is from New Castle, Delaware. As a McNair Scholar, she has done research at UD studying why students procrastinate and how it affects their grades.
Victor Ramirez Delgado
A physics major, Class of 2021, Victor moved from Venezuela passionate about unlocking the secrets of the universe; at UD he's worked in a faculty lab analyzing data from a radio antenna pointed at Jupiter.
Class of 2020 marine science major Gretchen spent time at UD researching an enzyme important to the growth of Chattonella subsalsa, a species of algae that can cause harmful algal blooms. She plans to continue research through graduate school.
A mechanical engineering major, Class of 2019, Olivia traveled to the Philippines to restore wells and to Morocco to examine architecture. She's now off to a Ph.D. program at Columbia University.
As a music major, Class of 2021, and a World Scholar, Ryan spent much of his first two years traveling Europe, inspiring him to compare the linguistic differences of choral conductors from around the world.
A biomedical engineering major, Class of 2020, Ariel traveled to the Netherlands to explore how the same devices used for medical diagnostics can be used to examine priceless paintings.